Tibet issue raised with Nancy Pelosi in Taiwan visit

DHARAMSALA:  US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a delegation of five Democratic lawmakers who visited Taiwan this week met 7 human rights activists at the island's National Museum of Human Rights, including Office of Tibet representative Kelsang Gyaltsen who remarked that Tibet has now become a 'giant prison', according to the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA).

The activists, who discussed various topics pertaining to democracy and human rights for an hour roundtable, included Hong Kong campaigner Lin Rongji of Causeway Bay Bookstore, Taiwanese human rights activist Li Mingzhe, who has been persecuted by China, and pro-democracy activist Wuer Kaixi.

To inform Taiwanese of the Chinese dictatorship and protect Taiwan's democracy, Pelosi urged the gathering human rights advocates.

According to the CTA, Representative Gyaltsen spoke to Pelosi about the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibet and the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) increasingly harsh programme of ethnic, religious, and cultural genocide in Tibet.

He informed her about the CCP's so-called boarding schools tactic, which is used to entice Tibetan youngsters to study away from their parents at boarding schools, among other things, in order to assimilate Tibetan culture and religion.

Also urging the Dalai Lama to attend the conference, he said it would send a loud and unambiguous message to the CCP about the world's support for Tibet. The global democracy forum is scheduled to take place in October.
A community of exiled Tibetans, settled in this town in Himalayan foothills with the Dalai Lama, considers the CTA to be their legitimate government, but no country recognizes it.

The Party's New Generation Policy on the Governance of Tibet, the current CCP chairperson Xi Jinping's approach to Tibet, aims to eradicate and assimilate the Tibetan people as well as the Dalai Lama's influence in Tibet. The emissary of His Holiness in Taiwan stated that these actions have increased the Tibetans' resistance and that Tibet has now turned into a "giant prison."

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